Gillian Clark (badminton)

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Gillian Clark
Personal information
Birth name Gillian Margaret Clark
Country  England
Born (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 55)
Event Women's & Mixed doubles

Gillian Margaret Clark, MBE (born 2 September 1961) is a former English badminton player who specialized in doubles and is currently a badminton television commentator.

Career[edit]

Known for her consistency and tenacity, Clark won two bronze medals at the World Badminton Championships a decade apart; for women's doubles in 1983, and for mixed doubles in 1993. She won four gold medals at the biennial European Badminton Championships; three consecutively (1982, 1984, and 1986) in women's doubles and one in mixed doubles (1988). She reached the finals of the prestigious All-England Championships twice in mixed doubles and once in women's doubles. At the quadrennial Commonwealth Games she won women's doubles gold in 1986 and mixed doubles gold in 1994, along with women's doubles silver in 1990 and 1994.

1992 Summer Olympics[edit]

Clark competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with Julie Bradbury. In the first round they defeated Erma Sulistianingsih and Rosiana Tendean of Indonesia and in the second round Katrin Schmidt and Kerstin Ubben of Germany. In the quarterfinals they were beaten by the eventual gold medalists, Hwang Hye-young and Chung So-young of Korea, 15-5, 15-5.

Current career[edit]

She is now the commentator for the Badminton World Federation.

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
3 Women's doubles 1983
(with Gillian Gilks)
Copenhague, DEN
3 Mixed doubles 1993
(with Nick Ponting)
Birmingham, ENG
European Championships
1 Women's doubles 1982
(with Gillian Gilks)
Böblingen, GER
1 Women's doubles 1984
(with Karen Chapman)
Preston, ENG
1 Women's doubles 1986
(with Gillian Gowers)
Uppsala, SWE
1 Mixed doubles 1988
(with Steen Fladberg-DEN)
Kristiansand, NOR
2 Women's doubles 1988
(with Julie Munday)
Kristiansand, NOR
3 Mixed doubles 1984
(with Nigel Tier)
Preston, ENG
3 Women's doubles 1990
(with Gillian Gowers)
Moscow, USSR
3 Women's doubles 1994
(with Jullie Bradbury)
Den Bosch, NED
Commonwealth Games
1 Women's doubles 1986
(with Gillian Gowers)
Edinburgh, SCO
1 Mixed doubles 1994
(with Chris Hunt)
Victoria, CAN
2 Women's doubles 1982
(with Karen Beckman)
Brisbane, AUS
2 Women's doubles 1990
(with Gillian Gowers)
Auckland, NZL
2 Women's doubles 1994
(with Julie Bradbury)
Victoria, CAN
3 Women's singles 1982 Brisbane, AUS
3 Women's singles 1986 Edinburgh, SCO
3 Mixed doubles 1990
(with Andy Goode)
Auckland, NZL
All England Championships
2 Mixed doubles 1985
(with Thomas Kihlström-SWE)
London, ENG
2 Women's doubles 1990
(with Gillian Gowers)
London, ENG
2 Mixed doubles 1994
(with Chris Hunt)
Birmingham, ENG

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